Chiefs Sticking with Matt Cassel, and Other AFC West News

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystOctober 1, 2012

Matt Cassel has had trouble holding onto the football.
Matt Cassel has had trouble holding onto the football.Peter Aiken/Getty Images

Despite a terrible start to the season, the Kansas City Chiefs are sticking with their quarterback. Matt Cassel has turned the ball over 10 times in four games and wasn't the key player in Kansas City's lone victory, but he's still the starter at quarterback.

Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star reports that head coach Romeo Crennel is sticking with Cassel despite his struggles taking care of the football. The defense isn't doing much to equalize the turnover margin, and there are certainly others at fault for the team's poor play, but it usually starts at quarterback.

While benching Cassel makes sense on the surface, you have to consider the player that would start in his place. Brady Quinn? Ricky Stanzi? Those players aren't the answer.

Cassel probably deserves to be benched, but what's more concerning is a general manager and head coach that don't see that he isn't the answer. Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star says major changes need to be made at general manager and head coach.

Unfortunately for the fans in Kansas City, Cassel gives the Chiefs the best chance to win just enough games to save the jobs of Scott Pioli and Crennel. It's too late for Pioli to do the right thing and try to pick another quarterback, so it's Cassel or bust.


Other AFC West News:



Paul Gutierrez of says the Raiders' third-quarter collapse was as epic as it was collective. 

Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle says Oakland's ugly loss dashes any optimism.



Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that center J.D. Walton is out for the season with a broken ankle. Dan Koppen will start in his place.

Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post notes that the Broncos used seven defensive backs to confuse Carson Palmer and the Raiders on Sunday. 


San Diego

Kevin Acee of the U-T San Diego says that San Diego's defense finally played like defensive coordinator John Pagano said they could play.

Michael Gehlken of the U-T San Diego notes how Ryan Mathews didn't get the start, but responded to the message that was being sent.

Acee also says that Jared Gaither deserves his due for playing well despite so little practice time.